The Climb

By Eric Greinke

Originally published in The Aurorean


Tough leather boots
crunch in the loose scree
of a crumpled mountain.
Later they pant by the fire,
with their tongues out,
grinning like good dogs,
sore but ecstatic
in their memories
of running on soft needles
through fragrant pines.
The climber reclines
in his nylon cocoon
to watch the fire story fade.
He dreams he is spinning
in a whirlpool of galaxies
but he feels right at home.


Eric Greinke has two new Presa Press books scheduled for 2016, Poets In Review (a collection of forty-six reviews written from 1972 to the present) and Zen Duende – Collaborative Poems with Glenna Luschei. Recent work has appeared in the Aurorean, Delaware Poetry Review, Forge, Gargoyle, Home Planet News, Ibbetson Street, Main St. Rag, Poem, The Pedestal, So It Goes, Solo Novo and as a fine art broadside by Adastra Press. His poetry has found a large international audience.

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